Ascent of Eagle Rest Peak on 2021-05-23

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Eagle Rest Peak
    Elevation:6005 ft / 1830 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since we had done Antimony we decided to hike the HPS Route 1 down San Emigdio Creek and up to the peak. We parked at the end of Nesthorn Way and headed down the Canyon. The first mile or so is road until you reach the Wind Wolves Preserve (WWP) gate where you cross the creek for the first time and trail becomes single track. Lots of water in the creek for the entire hike down the canyon. I guess there must be close to 20 creek crossings. Some sections are in the creek bed itself so if the water is high you may have some wet feet. After crossing the WWP gate the trail is in great shape but starts to become a bit hard to follow after the next couple of miles. We missed a creek crossing and ended up crashing through some brush to get back the trail at one point. Some sections have very helpful and robust rock cairns. If you are patient and look for the trail where it is faint it is not too hard to find. I brought along some loppers and did some trimming. We did notice some recent trail work in the section near the turn off to climb the peak that was very helpful.

We left our loppers and gloves at the start of the 1.5 mile 2400 foot climb to the peak after a couple hours hike down the canyon. The climb starts in some steep grassy hills then transitions to a forested ridge climb. I'd wished I had brought my loppers as there is much lopping that could be done on the ridge. It's easy enough to get through but some easy lopping would make the route much easier to follow. We got off track a few times going up. The route is well ducted when you reach the rock band below the summit. I would not rate it much more than class two. The summit block is just steep enough to allow safe access to the top. Fantastic views all around particularly to the north of the San Joaquin Valley. It took us close to two hours to climb up from the canyon. We returned the same route a little faster, able to avoid some of our off track travels from the way up. Posted track is the return route. Did not see anyone on the trail except for one dog walker in the last quater mile of our return. Some pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1074 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:San Emigdio Creek
    Trailhead:Nesthorn Way  4931 ft / 1502 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Maki
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